If you are lucky enough to have a fruiting apple tree in your back garden, you’ll know that round about now, apples are ripe to perfection and falling like raindrops. 

Of course, as well as a virtually unlimited supply of fresh fruit for you, a bumper crop can feel overwhelming. 

If you’re looking for ideas and want to know how to deal with a major glut of apples, then read on – this blog post is especially for you.

Apple crumble

You can knock up a quick apple crumble in about 15 minutes – perfect for the unexpected guest. Peel, core and slice your apples and coat them in sugar – add cinnamon here if you want to. Pop the slices into a deep oven-proof dish and tamp it all down. There are plenty of crumble recipes out there but it is a basic mix of flour, sugar and cold butter. Mix everything together in a big bowl and rub it all in with your fingers until it resembles crushed biscuits or breadcrumbs. Cover the apple slices with your crumble coating and bake for about 40 minutes. Serve with custard for the ultimate traditional crumble. 

Apple pie

You really can’t beat an apple pie can you? For the ultimate lazy cook’s apple pie, spring for some ready rolled, ready-made puff pastry and line a pie tin with it. Slice a serious amount of apples about 5mm thick and dry them out under some kitchen towel while you deal with the pastry. Once you’ve got everything ready stick your apple slices in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixed together and make sure every slice is well coated. Pop the slices in the pastry and cover with your pastry lid – a lattice design always looks especially lovely. Brush the top with egg whites and bake until the pastry top looks lovely and golden – usually around 40 minutes. Served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream, what could be more perfect?

Apple crisps

Slice your apples (cooking or eating) very thinly ideally using a mandolin and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom either on their own, or in heavenly combination. Spread your slices out over a parchment-lined baking tray making sure that none of the slices are touching each other, and bake for roughly an hour on a low heat around 110C or 230F. Turn them over half way through cooking, leave to cool and store in an airtight container. Yum! 

Apple purée

Apple purée is delicious whatever your age – we here at The Garden Style Company also think it might just have magical healing properties if you’re feeling a little under the weather. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make as well. Peel and core your crop keeping in mind that once cooked, apples really reduce down. Chuck them all in the pan, add a tiny sprinkling of water – around 1cm, and a touch of cinnamon and lemon to taste. As your apples reduce down, add sugar to taste then use the finished product as yoghurt purée, baby food (minus the sugar of course), or as the perfect homemade accompaniment to your Sunday roast.


What are you going to make this weekend with your apple glut?